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The Shiralee

  • Drama
  • 1957
  • Leslie Norman
  • 94 mins
  • PG

Summary

An Australian family man discovers his wife is having an affair, so leaves, taking their daughter with him. They embark on a lengthy journey across the country, but he gradually starts to realise that his responsibilities to his child are hard to reconcile with his desire for the freedom of the open road. Drama based on D'Arcy Niland's novel, starring Peter Finch and Dana Wilson.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

One of several features Ealing Studios made in Australia, The Shiralee stars perfectly cast, genuine Aussie Peter Finch as a swagman or poacher, who finds his wife shacked up with another man. Consequently, he leaves for a life on the road with his daughter, Buster, who becomes his shiralee - an aboriginal word for "burden". The result is a captivating double-act between Finch and the bright-as-a-button Dana Wilson as each of them realises they have a lot to learn. The location photography is incredible, though attempts to inject some humour with cameos from Sid James and Tessie O'Shea backfire badly.

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Credits

Cast

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Jim MacauleyPeter Finch
Marge MacauleyElizabeth Sellars
Buster MacauleyDana Wilson
Lily ParkerRosemary Harris
BellaTessie O'Shea
LukeSidney James
DonnyGeorge Rose

Crew

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DirectorLeslie Norman

Details

Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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